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Mike Ball's Spoil Sport

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Spoil Sport is a custom designed diving vessel accomodating up to 29 guests. At 30-meters (100-feet) she has a twin hull design, with maximized stability and comfort.

A word from Dom :  "I've known & worked with Mike for more than 20 years ... and his operation is popular in part due to the variety of options offered - from 3 day to 7-day dive cruises to some of Australia's best-known dive sites.  In addition, however, Spoil Sport offers some very extraordinary & unique (sometimes exploratory) expeditions, which I highly recommend.  You can count on any of these to be a great experience in Australian waters."..... Dominick Macan


ON BOARD SPOILSPORT


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ACCOMMODATION ... AMENITIES ... DIVING ... WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • CABIN TYPES
    4 main deck DOUBLE premium cabins
    2 with double bed ... 2 with queen bed  .... picture windows
    6 main deck TWIN cabins
    4 with "L"-shaped twin beds ... 2 with bunk-style twin bed ...  picture windows
    2 main deck TWIN budget cabins
    2 twin beds (bunk style) & shared bathroom
    All staterooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom (except the budget staterooms) & ample storage.


  • DIVING

    up to 5 dives per day
     mostly from the main vessel
    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves)  ...  15 liter alu tanks (at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental (by advance request)
    Nautilus lifeline provided on all dives
    nitrox, pony bottles & re-breather support available
    water temperature: 75 - 82F, 24 - 28C  ... 
    3mm - 5mm wetsuit recommended

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    accommodation & diving

    meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
     airport transfers (on return trip)


  • WHAT'S EXTRA

    international & domestic airfare

    soft drinks & alcoholic beverages
    scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    15 liter tanks & pony bottles
    nitrox & re-breather support


LARGE & ROOMY WITH AUSTRALIAN HOSPITALITY


Spoil Sport "spoils" you with a 12 person crew, comfy cabins – many of which have ocean views – and a variety of itineraries taking you to the most popular Australian dive sites and some of the most remote & exotic.  She has a super-sized sundeck with optional shade cover equipped with chairs and loungers.  There is additional outdoor seating at the back of the upper deck which is largely is devoted to common living areas: a massive dining room, lounge area and bar.   Below that, on the main deck of the catamaran, you'll find all the cabins ... plus a super-sized dive deck and excellent facilities for photographers.  

You'll enjoy chef-prepared meals and in-between meal snacks plus complimentary soft drinks and Australian wines served with dinner.

Itineraries normally include Ribbon Reefs and the Coral Sea, but at specific times in the year, there are special trips, such as the Minke whales in June & July, the Yongala wreck in November and a Shark Research trip in November/December.

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DECK PLAN

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SPECIFICATIONS

Length: 30 meters (100-foot)
Beam:10.5 meters (35 foot)
Speed – 12 knots
Range: 1930 km (1200 miles)
Survey – QLD
Commissioned – 1989

PROFESSIONAL CREWS

 Master
Trip Director
Engineer
1st Mate
Chef
Host
Photo/Video Pro
Dive Master x 3
General Hands x 2

MACHINERY

Main Engines x2  
Generators x 2
Echo Sounder x 1
Compressors x 2
240V / 110V Recharge Facilities
Air-conditioning System x 2

NAVIGATION

Radar
Global Positioning System x 2
Chart Plotter x 2

COMMUNICATIONS

HF & VHF Radios

DIVING FACILITIES

 Huge dive deck
3 large camera tables and dedicated camera rinse tanks
Entry/exit platforms with freshwater shower
Nitrox available & Re-breather friendly
2 Large RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boats)

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

AMSA 1B Survey (for 29 passengers)


ITINERARIES


Spoilsport dives the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.  Trips depart from Cairns for 3, 4 or 7 nights.

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The final itinerary is, of course, always dependant upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year

Sample itinerary information

3 Night Fly Dive Cod Hole featuring:

Flying Start – Spectacular 250km low level scenic flight over the reef from Cairns to Lizard Island. (Luggage)
Continental Shelf – Dive 100 miles north of Cairns on the edge of the shelf where nutrient rich waters attract rich marine life.
Ribbon Reefs – a prized region of the Great Barrier Reef, with excellent fish & coral biodiversity.
Cod Hole – Swim with diver size potato cod.
Dynamite Pass, Lighthouse Bommie, Pixie Wall, Pixie Pinnacle,
Trolly Shoal, Coral Kingdom, Flare Point, Blue Lagoon.
Steve’s Bommie – a highlight with incredible marine biodiversity, both large and small.
Dwarf minke whales cruise the Ribbon Reefs during June and July.

4 Night Fly Dive Coral Sea featuring:

Osprey Reef – Recently proclaimed Shark Sanctuary; 2-3 shark attraction dives; spectacular topography, sheer walls, soft and hard corals; big fish action in 40 metre visibility.
Bougainville Reef – Dungeons & Dragons labyrinth of caves & caverns, giant potato cod big fish at Crystal Plateau.

Stunning 250km low level Great Barrier Reef flight from Lizard Is. to Cairns.

7 Night Coral Sea Safari featuring:

Coral Sea: The azure and fathomless water of the Coral Sea is the playground for sharks and big fish action in exceptional visibility. Huge soft coral trees and sea fans will impress.
Ribbon Reefs: The potato cod grouper at the Cod Hole are a highlight, however it is the rich biodiversity of fish species and coral that make this section of the Great Barrier Reef so incredible.
Lizard Island: Mid expedition our staff invite you on a short excursion to Lizard Island. Step back in time at the ruins of Mrs Watsons Cottage; walk through the mangrove swamp on a boardwalk and a stroll up Chinaman’s Ridge yields magnificent views of the island and reefs below.

Special Expeditions:

Far North Coral Sea Exploratory - Bougainville, Osprey; Far Northern & the Ribbon Reefs

7 Nights – 26 Dives. This 650 mile expedition explores three unique regions: remote Coral Sea; the Far Northern Reefs & the superb Ribbon Reefs.

Turtle Spectacular Expeditions
400 miles north of Cairns lies Raine Island, the world’s largest green turtle rookery and placed amidst pristine reefs teaming with life. Explore this rarely visited sector of the Far Northern Great Barrier Reef.

Yongala Wreck & Coral Sea Expedition
6 Nights – 27 Dives. This expedition combines adventure diving: SS Yongala Wreck; dramatic vertical walls of Holmes and Flinders Reef. This expedition is booked as a 6 night expedition. Dive back in time and into history.

Minke Whale Dive Expeditions - A unique opportunity on the Great Barrier Reef
Dwarf minke whales travel through the Great Barrier Reef each winter, with most sightings occurring during June and July. The Great Barrier Reef is the only location where snorkel and dive tours with minke whales are available and Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is one of a handful of operators licenced to operate them. Most sightings occur at Ribbon Reef # 10, where some of the best dive sites are.

Coral Sea Exploratory
7 Nights / 26 Dives. This annual expedition combines adventure diving in the Coral Sea with the best of the Great Barrier Reefs Ribbon Reefs. The initial phase of this expedition focuses on providing an opportunity to encounter swimming with dwarf minke whales.

Shark Shooter Expedition - Coral Sea
Improve your photography techniques. Join underwater photographer Damien Siviero on his daily underwater photography workshops.

Macro Shootout Expedition
3 Nights / 12 Dives. Discover the big and the small. Coaching by award winning underwater photographer Damien Siviero on how to get that iconic underwater macro shot.

Nautilus Interaction Expeditions - Coral Sea Research

ITINERARY MAP

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


You will need to fly into Cairns (CNS) where the Spoilsport trips start; the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest lie side by side. 

At the start of your trip you will need to make your own way to the Mike Ball Dive Expeditions office in Cairns for check in for your expedition. After your expedition you will be transfered to either the Mike Ball office, the airport or any inner city hotel. Inner city boundaries are within the airport to the north and Earlville shopping centre to the south.

There are a number of Hotels located within a 5 minute walk of the Mike Ball Office at 3 Abbott Street, Cairns including; The Pacific Hotel Cairns, The Hilton, Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Pullman Cairns International and Park Regis City Quays.

INFO symbol CopyNote: All divers need to show their Open Water or Advanced Open Water dive certification card from PADI, SSI, NAUI or the equivalent.
Nitrox is included and rebreather support is available if you request in advance.

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